Stools are a piece of furniture that consist of a single seat for one person and a base of one or multiple legs. Traditionally, stools were differentiated from chairs by their lack of a back, but modern variations and definitions of stools may now include designs with arms and backs. The simplicity of the stool concept has made it useful for a variety of functions that include seating for children, flexible outdoor seating, and seating for restaurant and bar counters. When designing or choosing a stool, differences in materiality, durability, height, weight, and seat size are important specifications to consider.

How tall are bar stools?

Bar stools are the tallest type of stool and have seat heights between 29”-32” (74-81 cm). Bar height stools should be used for bar counter heights between 40”-42” (102-107 cm).

How tall are counter height stools?

Counter height stools have seat heights between 23”-28” (58-71 cm). Counter height stools should be used with table and counter heights between 35”-37” (89-94 cm).

How do you make stools taller?

Stools can be made taller by adding leg extenders to the bottoms of each stool leg. Leg extenders fit around legs and should be screwed or snapped into place. After attaching the leg extenders, use a level to confirm that the legs are evenly sized.

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Dot Stool

The Dot stool is created by a molded veneer walnut seat, which can remain as wood or can be covered in leather, that sets atop four tubular metal legs. The Dot Stool was designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1954 around the same time that he designed his Egg and Swan chairs.

The Dot Stool has an overall height of 17.5” (44.5 cm) and diameter of 13.5” (34 cm).

Set of dimensioned drawings of the Dot Stool labeled with height, width, and depth in plan and elevation
The Dot stool is created by a molded veneer walnut seat, which can remain as wood or can be covered in leather, that sets atop four tubular metal legs. The Dot Stool was designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1954 around the same time that he designed his Egg and Swan chairs.

The Dot Stool has an overall height of 17.5” (44.5 cm) and diameter of 13.5” (34 cm).

Set of dimensioned drawings of the Dot Stool labeled with height, width, and depth in plan and elevation
Dot Stool
Height:
17.5” | 44.5 cm
Width:
13.5” | 34 cm
Length:
Depth:
13.5” | 34 cm
Seat Height
Weight:
Area:
Materials
Tubular steel base; molded walnut veneer seat; leather upholstery seat option
Designer
Arne Jacobsen
Year
1954

Drawings include:
Dot Stool front elevation, plan

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Onda Stools

The Onda Stool is curved stool with legs that resemble waves and seat that hugs the small of the user’s back by mimicking the curves of the human body. The Onda Stool is available in molded polypropylene or plastic covered in a rubber “skin” for additional comfort and durability.

The Onda Stools is available in counter stool and barstool sizes. The Onda Counter Stool has an overall height of 32.75” (83 cm), width of 16.25” (41 cm), depth of 14.5” (37 cm) and seat height of 25.5” (65 cm). The taller Onda Barstool has an overall height of 36.75” (93 cm), width of 16.25” (41 cm), depth of 14.5” (37 cm) and seat height of 29.5” (75 cm).

Set of dimensioned drawings of the Onda Counter Stool labeled with height, width, and depth in plan and elevation
The Onda Stool is curved stool with legs that resemble waves and seat that hugs the small of the user’s back by mimicking the curves of the human body. The Onda Stool is available in molded polypropylene or plastic covered in a rubber “skin” for additional comfort and durability.

The Onda Stools is available in counter stool and barstool sizes. The Onda Counter Stool has an overall height of 32.75” (83 cm), width of 16.25” (41 cm), depth of 14.5” (37 cm) and seat height of 25.5” (65 cm). The taller Onda Barstool has an overall height of 36.75” (93 cm), width of 16.25” (41 cm), depth of 14.5” (37 cm) and seat height of 29.5” (75 cm).

Set of dimensioned drawings of the Onda Counter Stool labeled with height, width, and depth in plan and elevation
Onda Stools
Height:
32.75”, 36.75” | 83, 93 cm
Width:
16.25” | 41 cm
Length:
Depth:
14.5” | 37 cm
Seat Height
25.5”, 29.5” | 65, 75 cm
Weight:
Area:
Materials
Molded plastic seat shell; powder-coated or stainless steel frame
Designer
Jesús Gasca (Stua)
Year
2006

Drawings include:
Onda Stools (counter and barstool sizes) front elevation, side, plan

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Stool Heights

Stool heights come in a range of sizes and types to respond to a variety of functions and uses. The most common variants of stool heights are counter stools, bar stools, and tall bar stools.

Counter stools range from 23”-28” (58-71 cm), bar stools from 29”-32” (74-81 cm), and tall bar stools from 33”-36” (84-91 cm). A minimum of 10” (25 cm) should be measured and provided between the top of stool seat and the underside of any counter to provide adequate space for the user.

Comparison drawing of the heights of bar stools with people ranging from counter stool to bar stool and tall bar stool
Stool heights come in a range of sizes and types to respond to a variety of functions and uses. The most common variants of stool heights are counter stools, bar stools, and tall bar stools.

Counter stools range from 23”-28” (58-71 cm), bar stools from 29”-32” (74-81 cm), and tall bar stools from 33”-36” (84-91 cm). A minimum of 10” (25 cm) should be measured and provided between the top of stool seat and the underside of any counter to provide adequate space for the user.

Comparison drawing of the heights of bar stools with people ranging from counter stool to bar stool and tall bar stool
Stool Heights
Height:
Width:
Length:
Depth:
Seat Height
Weight:
Area:

Counter Stool: 23”-28” | 58-71 cm
Counter Stool (Table Surface): 35”-40” | 89-102 cm
Bar Stool: 29”-32” | 74-81 cm
Bar Stool (Table Surface): 41”-43” | 104-109 cm
Tall Bar Stool: 33”-36” | 84-91 cm
Tall Bar Stool (Table Surface): 44”-47” | 112-119cm
Clearance (Seat to Counter Underside): 10” | 25 cm min.

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Stool Heights side elevation (counter stool), side (bar stool), side (tall bar stool)

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Mid-Century Stool with Back

A Mid-Century stool with a fabric back and a swivel base mounted to wooden legs. Mid-century stools have a comfortable quality and clean-lined aesthetic.

The Mid-Century Stool comes in variants that include counter stool with a 26” (66 cm) seat and bar stool heights with 30” (76 cm) seats.

Collection of dimensioned drawings of a Mid-Century Stool with Back
A Mid-Century stool with a fabric back and a swivel base mounted to wooden legs. Mid-century stools have a comfortable quality and clean-lined aesthetic.

The Mid-Century Stool comes in variants that include counter stool with a 26” (66 cm) seat and bar stool heights with 30” (76 cm) seats.

Collection of dimensioned drawings of a Mid-Century Stool with Back
Mid-Century Stool with Back
Height:
37.5”-42.0" | 95-107 cm
Width:
20.0” | 51 cm
Length:
Depth:
21.0” | 53 cm
Seat Height
26.0"-30.0" | 66-76 cm
Weight:
Area:

Height (Counter Stool): 26” | 66 cm seat, 37.5" | 95 cm back
Variation (Bar Stool): 30” | 76 cm seat, 42” | 107 cm back

Materials
Fabric seat, wooden legs
Designer
Year

Drawings include:
Mid-Century Stool with Back side elevation, front, back, plan

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ErgoErgo Stool
Illustration of a woman sitting on the ErgoErgo Stool for scale

The ErgoErgo is the perfect active desk and work seat for both kids and adults alike because of its unique ergonomic design. The ErgoErgo helps improve alertness and increase the body's core strength of an individual by combining active sitting with contemporary design. We can use the ErgoErgo seat in schools, offices, libraries, dorms, kids' rooms, public places, and private homes because of its compact design and portability. It is lightweight, occupies less space, and is made of recyclable technopolymer—hence safe for both the environment and humans.

The ErgoErgo Stool has an overall height of 20.5” (52 cm) and diameter of 16” (41 cm).

Dimensioned drawings of the ErgoErgo Stool measuring diameter and overall height
The ErgoErgo is the perfect active desk and work seat for both kids and adults alike because of its unique ergonomic design. The ErgoErgo helps improve alertness and increase the body's core strength of an individual by combining active sitting with contemporary design.

The ErgoErgo Stool has an overall height of 20.5” (52 cm) and diameter of 16” (41 cm).

Dimensioned drawings of the ErgoErgo Stool measuring diameter and overall height
ErgoErgo Stool
Height:
20.5” | 52 cm
Width:
16” | 41 cm
Length:
Depth:
16” | 41 cm
Seat Height
20.5” | 52 cm
Weight:
Area:


Materials
Recyclable polyethylene
Designer
ErgoErgo
Year
2009

Drawings include:
ErgoErgo Stool side elevation, plan, side (woman sitting)

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